No Cows, BUT…

Today we got skunked. This doesn’t happen very often, but it happened today. Yesterday we went up to the range to put out salt blocks and fix some fences and on our way we saw a group of cows that had come down off the mountains towards home too early. We had a pretty full day ahead of us salting, checking and fixing fences, so we figured we would saddle up the next morning to move the cows back up, so they didn’t come home too early. We like them to stay out on the range for as long as possible, into the middle of October, so we can save the grass at home to hopefully extend the grazing period as long as possible at home before we have to dip into our winter hay reserves and start feeding the cows. However, this morning those cows beat us. We couldn’t find them anywhere, so we figured that they must have really travelled the day before and were way in front of us. We finally decided we were not going to catch up to them, so we turned our horses around and started heading back towards the truck and that’s when we saw a pretty amazing site. Along the ridge beside us was a mother bear (sow) and 3 cubs, she must have had triplets. I have never seen that before and it was really neat. The bears did not smell us nor did our horses our dogs smell them, which was nice because we just stopped our horses and watched them for a bit without them noticing us. Finally the sow saw us and hustled her cubs into the safety of the trees. Even though we didn’t accomplish moving the cows back up it was a pretty great day.
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3 thoughts on “No Cows, BUT…

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    Nice photo of the bears!

  2. Christa O says:

    Sweet! I just saw twins yesterday 🙂

  3. Mandy says:

    I really enjoy reading about agriculture in Canada. Hopefully one day I can come over for a proper look about – and maybe even see some bears!

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